Police have made an arrest less than 48 hours after a double homicide in a Scarborough shopping mall.
On Friday, April 29, at 9.47 p.m., officers from 41 Division responded to a shooting at the LCBO located at 85 Ellesmere Rd. Upon their arrival, they discovered a male and female in the backseat of a vehicle who had been shot numerous times.
Joseph Anzolona, 26, and 24-year-old student Cynthia Mullapudi succumbed to their injuries.
They had attended the LCBO with two other friends to make a purchase. Shortly after Anzolona and the female in the front passenger seat -- who accompanied him into the store – returned to the vehicle, a lone gunman approached the vehicle, opened the rear door and fired numerous rounds into the seat area at the back of the vehicle.
At a press conference at police headquarters on May 2, Staff Inspector Greg McLane – the Homicide unit commander – said the alleged gunman – 24-year-old Harris Nnane – was arrested by members of the Integrated Guns and Gangs Task Force on Sunday, May 1, around 7.30 pm.
Charged with two counts of murder, Nnane made a court appearance on May 2, and was remanded into custody.
McLane is appealing to members of the public who were in the vicinity of the shooting and have information relating to the incident to contact his investigators.
“We are also asking that anyone that may have videos, still photographs or security footage from the area that evening to also contact investigators,” he said. “I can advise you that there has been and continues to be a great deal of co-operation from the members of the public that were in the area at the time of the murders. As a result, I would like to formally thank those individuals for their coming forward and participating in this investigation. You provided a great assistance to my investigators which enabled this case to be drawn to a successful conclusion at such an early stage.”
McLane said the level of co-operation from the public has increased due to strong appeals for information in relation to violent crime.
“I have noticed a significant increase in Crime Stoppers information coming in to my investigators,” he pointed out.
Anyone with information in the double homicide are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux at (416) 808-7400 ext. 77387; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
At the same press conference, police released video footage with the hope of identifying two suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a teenager.
On Wednesday February 3, 2016, Saed Keyliye was stabbed to death outside a high-rise at 551 The West Mall in Etobicoke.
Detective Andy Singh said the deceased was with two friends when they met the two suspects in the area.
“Shortly after they met, there was an altercation with resulted in Saed being stabbed,” he said. “His two friends were not injured as a result of the altercation.”
After the stabbing, the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle proceeding westbound on Rathburn Rd. The suspects’ vehicle is described as a four-door grey Honda Civic.
Both suspects are described as male brown skin, in their late teens between 5’ 8’ and 5’ 10” with dark hair and a thin build.
“We are appealing to witnesses that may have been present to see the events transpire,” Singh said.
The homicide officer is also encouraging the suspects to surrender to police.
“Contact a lawyer and turn yourself in,” he said directly to them. “You can make these arrangements with me directly by calling (416) 808-7400”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at (416) 808-7400; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.